A co-educational Roman Catholic high school, Archbishop Spalding was founded in 1966 as a girls' school run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It became co-ed in 1973. The majority of its 1,200 students hail from the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. areas. Spalding is dedicated to educating the whole person "spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically," according to its mission statement. When they¿re not studying, students can take part in the many co-curricular activities, including Model United Nations, Liturgical Music Ministry, and HOPE (Help Out Planet Earth), or join one of the many athletic teams.